What is a futurist?

Mark Lee has been reflecting on the future for accountants and lawyers for many years. More recently he has been described as the UK’s leading accountant focused futurist.

But what does this actually mean and what’s the difference between a futurist and a futurologist?

At its simplest a futurist studies developments and trends in order to make predictions about the changes we can expect to see in our lives.

As an accountant focused futurist I keep an eye on the horizon, maintain an awareness of the new tech and other developments that will impact accountants over the next few years and beyond.

Other futurists and futurologists focus on technology, AI, gadgets and robots. These are just tools. They allow us to do things. Even new things. But it’s our hopes, dreams and plans that determine what we will do, which technology we will experiment with and which we will adopt. And what new tools we will be developing and using in the future.

Mark is more focused on encouraging professional advisers to recognise what the immediate future holds and how they will need to adapt to thrive and become more successful.  His thinking, articles and talks are now, of course, informed by the impact of the pandemic – which he admits did not previously figure in his talks about the immediate future!

Mark’s Future Focused Presentations

Do you want an inspiring, informed, independent, entertaining and authoritative future-focused speaker to stimulate a partner strategy planning session? Or a firm-wide, UK or international association event?

Mark’s virtual and (previously) on stage talks, predictions and forecasts are independent of any software or service provider. He typically:

  • Encourages his professional audiences to recognise the changes that are coming in their profession
  • Encourages them to consider how they will adapt to thrive in the future
  • Debunks the hype around new tech, apps and the speed of change
  • Highlights the Key Business Skills they will need to master to survive and thrive
  • Shares a key insight that shocks many professionals when they realise how true it it.

Even before the pandemic he recognised that long-term predictions and forecasts need to take second place to the challenges of today and the near future. Once we get beyond the heady excitement about what’s coming down the line, and the new tech and apps we might be using, we must reflect on how this will impact what we do over the next 12-24 months. The immediate future. What do you need to do in the coming months to survive, thrive and succeed into the future.

If your firm or association is not fully agreed on the way forward based on a good understanding of the short, medium and long-term impact of new tech, Mark can help. He will ensure that everyone, from the newest to the longest-standing members of  your firm, understand the implications of forthcoming changes and what these mean for the way the firm is run, how you secure and service clients and your approach to recruitment, marketing, networking and referrals?

Mark’s virtual (and previously on stage) sessions are always popular as he has built a formidable reputation. He may be controversial but he is always enthusiastic and positive. Unlike some other speakers he is not ‘in your face’ (beyond being on the screen) or aggressive and never tells audiences what they MUST do differently. Instead he encourages them to choose solutions and ideas that will work for them personally.

You can book Mark to present his entertaining talks virtually for your firm, association or for wider audiences of professionals – such as accountants, lawyers, finance teams and tax advisers.

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Over the years Mark has been commended for his keynote speeches and talks at conferences for professional bodies, associations, banks and professional firms. There are dozens of testimonials on this site and over a hundred recommendations on his Linkedin profile.

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What Makes Mark Lee STAND OUT?

Mark is regularly described as an entertaining, engaging and inspirational presenter who evidently has a lasting impact.

By profession Mark is a chartered accountant but he has never fitted the archetypal stereotype. In the early 1990s Accountancy Age magazine regularly pictured him and referenced his love of magic tricks in their back cover features on unconventional accountants. He has since been described as ‘the most networked accountant in the UK’ and is regularly ranked as one of the most influential speakers and commentators online. For many years he was one of the ‘go to’ accountancy personalities when the media wanted credible and independent quotes or interviews.

From the start of this century Mark has been invited to speak at dozens of prestigious conferences and seminars for accountants and other professionals. In 2006 he chose to move away from being a tax adviser, preferring instead to focus only on those elements of his career he had most enjoyed over the years – speaking, writing, mentoring and facilitating.

As his bookmark shaped business cards note, Mark is also a ‘debunker’ keen to dispel myths, misconceptions and hype related to those topics of which he has a deep knowledge and interest.

To discuss whether Mark is available and right for your event, conference or workshop, Contact Mark on mark@bookmarklee.co.uk , phone 07769 692890 or book a convenient time to speak with him using this link >>>